So how does a bubble work?
Take a close look at water, what does it look like? Does it have a certain shape? Can you see the ‘skin’ holding the water together? This is called surface tension and it's a very important concept when it comes to bubbles.
Have you ever tried blowing a bubble with normal water? If you have then it probably didn't go so well. The skin of normal water is too tight and doesn't stretch enough to form a bubble. The soap in the bubble solution allows the skin of the water to stretch further and makes it possible to blow bubbles.
Making your bubble mixture and wand:
This bubble recipe is easy. Start off with a clean container that will hold as much bubble mixture as you want to make.
Pour around 2 cups of water into your container and add around a half a cup of dishwashing liquid (to make double just add a cup of dishwashing liquid to 4 cups of water).
Being exact with the amounts isn't important, you can enjoy great bubbles with a little more or a little less of either the water or dishwashing liquid.
If you want to be a professional and make the best bubbles possible then try adding a tablespoon of glycerin (glycerol), corn syrup or sugar to the solution.
Mix the ingredients together carefully.
- To make your bubble wand just find a piece of wire and bend one end so it forms a small circle. For bigger bubbles just make the circle bigger (not too big though as it might not work).
Fun bubble activities:
Make double bubbles and bubble domes:
Make bubbles with your hands:
- Make a circle using your finger and thumb. Dip it gently into the bubble solution and try blowing a bubble. Next you can try cupping both hands together and dipping them into the bubble solution. Try blowing a bubble with a triangle or diamond shape using your hands. Make sure you wash your hands after doing this.